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Need Help with Danceable songs

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by PauFerro, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    I play in a jazz band. The client wants two hours of live background music, and then two hours of recorded DJ music.

    I have the jazz background music covered. I am looking for really good, up beat danceable DJ songs that appeal to a very wide audience...in these categories:

    1. Crossover hits between rock and country

    Examples: Man I feel LIke a Woman (Shania Twain)

    2. Crossover hits between jazz, smooth jazz and danceable music

    In the Mood (Glenn Miller)
    Cantalope Island (Herbie Hancock)

    3. Good Old Dance hits in any style that work

    Celebration (Kool and the Gang)
    Jump (Van Halen)
    Beat It (Michael Jackson)
    Old Time Rock and Roll (Bob Seger)

    4. Current Dance hits

    Treasure (Bruno Mars )

    Any help you can give me is appreciated. Please provide tried and true hits you have played before and consistently get the audience excited and dancing...Thanks!!!
  2. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    Blurred Lines- #1 Dance song this year I beleive- if your singer can pull it off (which most can't )
  3. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    It can be recorded music -- so no worries. It's an office party, so there is a wide range of people -- from 20's all the way up to 50's, so it has to be broad appeal. There is a strong latin culture in this area took so I am thinking Latin/Rock crossover hits would also be good.
  4. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    Mustang Sally

    Seriously play all the line dance songs, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, etc. Best response of all.
  5. Vintagefiend

    Vintagefiend I don't care for 410 cabinets at all.

    Aug 6, 2013
    Columbia, MO
    Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
    All She Wants To Do Is Dance - Don Henley
    Superstition - Stevie Wonder
    Tear The Roof Off - P-Funk
    So Fresh, So Clean - OutKast
    Hey Ya! - OutKast
    Man I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
    Save A Horse Ride a Cowboy - Big & Rich
    Up In Smoke - Blackberry Smoke
    Gimme Three Steps - Lynyrd Skynrd
    Will It Go Round In Circles - Billy Preston
    Oye Como Va - Santana
    Do That Stuff - P-Funk
    Get Down Tonight - KC and The Sunshine Band
    I Was Made For Lovin' You - KISS
    Do It Again - Beach Boys
    Twist And Shout - The Beatles
    La Bamba - Los Lobos
    Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart
    Jane Fonda - Mickey Avalon
    Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
    Groove Is In The Heart - Deee Lite
    Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
    Kiss - Prince
    Celebration (Kool and the Gang)
    Jump (Van Halen)
    Beat It (Michael Jackson)
    Old Time Rock and Roll (Bob Seger)
    Treasure (Bruno Mars )
    Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

    There ya go - hit shuffle and have Fun!!
  6. My 2 cents, for example:
    September - Earth, Wind and Fire
    Turn the beat aound - Gloria Estefan
    Conga - Gloria Estefan
    Smooth - Santana
    Maria, Maria - Santana
    Billie Jean - M. Jackson (any other Jackson tune)
    Locked out of heaven - Bruno Mars
    Crazy in Love - Beyonce
    Deja Vu - Beyonce
    Le Freak - Chic (or any Chic tune)
    Crazy little thing called love - Queen
    I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
    On the radio - Donna Summer
    Stayin Alive / Tragedy / You should be dancing / Night Fever - Bee Gees
    Highwy to Hell - AC/DC
    You shook me all night long
    I want you to want me - Cheap Trick
    Just another day - Jon Secada
    Gerardo Mejía - Rico suave :D:D:D (satirical reality)
    Now that we found love - Heavy D and the boys
    Do ya think I'm sexy - Rod Stewart

    For that smooth/jazzy stuff - Kenny G (?):bag:

    Finally - Ce Ce Peniston
    some tunes by TLC
    Elvis always good (IMO)
    Far from over - Frank Drebin ... em .. Stallone
    You're the one that I want - Olivia Newton John / J. Travolta
    Time of my live - dunno
    It's raining men - Weather Girls
  7. Zoa


    Dec 28, 2009
    Lots of Michael Jackson. Get Lucky, some Lady Gaga, Only Girl, etc.
  8. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    I've done a bit of DJing between or after sets, or at house parties, and also know a couple of musicians who took up DJing and are now making a good chunk of their income that way. Both of them found out early on that it's better to not overthink it - just play the big hits. One even took a list of songs getting the most airplay on a mainstream radio station and played it bottom to top. That's pushing your luck, though, you need to know the songs and know if they have intros you should skip, radio versions that avoid client-offending foul language, or dance remixes because the radio version isn't danceable.

    So, stick to the big current hits - "Timber", "Wake Me Up", "Roar", a good dance remix of "Royals". Then some hits from earlier this year - "Get Lucky", "Summertime Sadness", "Applause" etc. If there's a big Hispanic demographic include "Que Viva La Vida", "Follow The Leader", "Limbo". Then hugest hits from the past few years starting around "On The Floor", also "We Found Love", "Sexy And I Know It", "Danza Kuduro". If you want to include some Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock etc. then you should already know what songs of theirs will work.

    After the first half hour or so try to keep things around 126-130 bpm and avoid big tempo shifts between songs. Don't worry about EDM at all, but if you do get requests for Martin Garrix and Hardwell and Sick Individuals, "Animals" is the track I was thinking about when I wrote about needing "versions that avoid client-offending foul language". It's #1 on Billboard's dance chart and was a huge #1 on Beatport a few months ago, so you might get requests for it.